While Ooty is famous for so many attractions and activities, one thing that makes it stand out from the rest of the hill stations is its natural beauty. The climate and overall environment of the place are pretty decent with the summer temperature rising to 25 degrees Celsius. The temperature comes down to 5 degrees in winter, which is so far the best season to visit and explore this hill station.
Close to the district are the two hill stations namely Kothagiri and Coonor. Ooty lies in the Nilgiri hills, which falls in the category of the top 14 India's hot-spots. To make the most of your trip, plan a visit to Ooty in Winter.
Activities in Ooty
Lying in the Nilgiri hills, Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam (the full name of the town) is an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts. If you have been searching for a trekking spot, then get to Ooty and discover your favourite trek route. It feels amazing to trek on the beautiful and clean terrains of this district. Each trekking route differs in terrain, distance, and height.
The hill slopes covered with wonderful flowers and flora make a perfect place for couples who want to spend some romantic time walking around the terrain. As you get there, you will find eucalyptus forests and tea plantations (which Ooty is famous for). From walking through the dense and wild forests to boating on the never-ending lakes, Ooty has everything a nature-lover could imagine.
Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train
Have you ever visited Ooty if you didn't enjoy the view from the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train? Well, the most wonderful and fun things to do while in Ooty is this breathtaking ride. Nilgiri Mountain is the oldest railway station that is built centuries ago. The ride begins from Mettupalayam and ends in the Ooty district. It is an approx 46-kilometre journey. You will pass through the beautiful valleys, extraordinary curves, tunnels, amazing bridges, and green grounds. It is impossible to keep track of time while relishing the beauty of this "Queen of Hill Station".
To reach Ooty, you need to catch this train from Mettupalayam. The 46-kilometre journey to Ooty is going to be one of your best rides.
You might have heard of the Botanical gardens in Ooty. Well, this government garden in Ooty is built in 55 acres. It is going to take hours to explore every corner of the garden and capture all the species of the flowers and flora here.
The botanical garden is home to 650 species of flowers that are a treat to your eyes. The garden is surrounded by plants, flowers, and greenery. This clean and fresh space will help tourists feel nature closely. Located in Vannarpettai, Botanic garden is open from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Bring your camera and click the pictures of as many flowers as you can.
You can avail a reliable and licensed Ooty taxi service to get to the Botanical garden.
Another interesting place for Ooty Tourists is Toda huts. In Ooty district, Todas are the local residents who live in this breathtaking city. They live in small bamboo huts that are made in a barrel shape. The huts have no windows. The entry gate is so small that the person has to bend to get inside. Not only does this place can help you to meet with the local tribes of Ooty and get to know their culture, but it gives you a lifetime experience.
These huts are exceptional. You probably have never seen them before. When in Ooty, pay a visit to the local tribes of the town and try getting in the huts through the extremely small entrance.
Summer Ooty Festival
While Ooty is a wintry abode, you can visit and explore this hill station in any season. If you are taking your family to Ooty this summer vacation, then don't forget to participate in the summer festival here. Conducted by the Tourist Department of Ooty, this festival is organized to encourage tourism in this hill station. A lot of fun and entertainment programs such as flower shows and boat races are organized on this occasion.